Montreat College President Joe B. Kirkland will be awarded an honorary doctorate at Lancaster Bible College’s December Commencement ceremony on December 13. Mr. Kirkland will serve as the keynote speaker for the event.
Mr. Kirkland, born in Texas, spent the majority of his formative years growing up on a farm in rural Mississippi. While attending the local county middle and high school, Joe met his wife, Beverly, who he has been married to for nearly 39 years. Joe and Beverly have three children and four grandchildren.
Joe graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1976 with a degree in business administration. Upon graduation, he launched a 25-year career with three major department store companies throughout the United States, serving in a variety of leadership roles. In July 2000, Joe transitioned into full-time Christian ministry, joining Lancaster Bible College in Lancaster, PA, as a stewardship representative in the development office. He earned his master of arts degree in biblical studies during his time at LBC and worked his way into the role of associate vice president for stewardship by 2004.
After launching a $16.5 million capital campaign at Lancaster Bible College, Joe transitioned into the role of vice president for advancement at Montreat College in August 2007. In January 2013, Joe assumed the role of Interim President at Montreat College.
In addition to his service at Montreat, Joe is a member of the board of directors at the Black Mountain Chamber of Commerce and on the board of directors for the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities. He has also taught at the college level at York Technical Institute, York, PA, as an adjunct instructor of organizational behavior, consumer behavior, management, human resources, business communications, statistics and marketing, as well as teaching outdoor education and backcountry hiking at Lancaster Bible College.